new Penguins of Madagascar trailer

If you’ve got some secret agent stuff that needs doing, you could hire James Bond. But he has to put on a tux for formal work. Why not hire a crew that is always wearing tuxes? Penguins of Madagascar opens up the hidden backstory of the birds from the Madagascar films. They’re masters of disguise and espionage, these guys (well, birds) and willing to leap into danger at a moment’s notice. In this new Penguins of Madagascar trailer we see some more of their antics, and also get to hear a bit more of Benedict Cumberbatch, as the voice of a classy spy outfit. Read More »

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Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch definitely has a silly side, as anyone who enjoyed his cute little video greeting from the Sherlock panel at San Diego Comic-Con can attest. Unfortunately, it’s not a part of his personality we get to see much in film. His name’s practically synonymous with prestige dramas like the upcoming 12 Years a Slave. Even his big-budget franchise turn in Star Trek Into Darkness was more grim than playful.

But that’ll change with his latest gig, in The Penguins of Madagascar. Cumberbatch has just signed on for a key role in the animated family film, along with fellow acclaimed person John Malkovich. Hit the jump to find out whom they’ll play.

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Most movie studios release information about their upcoming slates a year or two at a time. But today DreamWorks Animation released a four-year slate, driven in part by the new distribution deal the company has with Fox, as well as the long lead time needed to make animated films, and also perhaps by the not-so-hot view of the publicly-traded company on Wall Street.

We’ve known that DA has a mind towards heavy sequel production, and that is reflected in this slate, with dates for two more How to Train Your Dragon films, another Kung Fu Panda sequel, and another Madagascar spinoff. But, in addition to films we know about (The Croods, Turbo) there are some other new projects that adapt kids books, and more details on the previously-announced animated Bollywood-style musical. Read More »

Be prepared for a lot of Sequel Bits in the next few days and here are just a few. After the jump, read about the following:

  • Ken Jeong has signed on for an expanded role in The Hangover Part III.
  • DreamWorks Animation is going to make Kung Fu Panda 3.
  • Arnold’s son, Patrick Schwarzenegger, will have a small role in Grown Ups 2.
  • A teaser trailer for Birdemic II: The Resurrection spoofs The Avengers.
  • Joss Whedon has not made a decision about The Avengers 2.

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The four roguish penguins that have been in both Magadascar movies (and will be in the third film, to be released next year) are one of the most popular aspects of that series. They starred in their own spin-off short when the first film hit DVD and have a TV show on Nickleodeon.

So, naturally, they’re going to get their own movie. Read More »

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